Seven more selections for your soundtrack consideration, including wonderful works by Jacob Groth, and the sensational Ennio Morricone...
Twenty-eight. That's how many soundtracks have shuffled through the always open transom of Short Ends and Leader Central in the last couple of months - and they just keep on coming. Last week alone we were sent links to a classic collection involving such known entities as Citizen Kane, Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, and Sunset Boulevard. As usual, the extra workload makes it almost impossible to keep up, especially when dealing with the demands of Award Season and the upcoming Oscars. So like our lifetime, the scores have been piling up, begging us to address them with the usual critical aplomb. In this latest installment our February special (which will now leak over into March), every Wednesday will feature a Special Surround Sound column covering this glut of motion picture music. Hopefully, over the course of the next four (or five, or six) weeks, we'll be able to access the value in these often overlooked cinematic souvenirs. If this latest batch is any indication, there are quite a few gems to still be unearthed.
In week four, numbers 22 through 28 reveal a true difference in approach and design, from ambient to outright over the top, traditional to the slightly more modern:
Drive Angry 3D: Original Motion Picture Score [rating: 7]
Monster Mutt: Music by Chris Walden [rating: 6]
La Sombra Prohibida: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [rating: 5]
Mao's Last Dancer: Soundtrack [rating: 7]
The Rite: Original Motion Picture Score [rating: 6]
Music from Steig Larsson's Millennium Trilogy:Original Soundtrack Recording [rating: 8]
Baaria: Music by Ennio Morricone [rating: 9]